An action packed weekend of football, conference calls and business meetings with our business partners and local talents came to a conclusion on Sunday with an international friendly match between a very technical and well-drilled Turkish U15 team comfortably defeating an impressive Maltese outfit. Several youngsters were a standout for the Turkish team who played a free flowing and very technical brand of football whilst for Malta one name to mention was young Birkirkara utility player and Maltese fullback Ethan Letheridge – a definite one to watch for the future.
Meanwhile over in Scotland IFM partner and chief scout Darren Walker spent the weekend scouting local Scottish Football Association matches as well as attended meetings with football clubs in the Scottish Premiership, Championship and in Division 1 respectively. Watch this space come the month of June as some of our IFM players embark on trials in several clubs in Scotland.
Luiz has played professionally in Brazil, Latvia and Malta and the next step in his football career pathway is Down Under to play in the NSW National Premier League.
The Brazilian footballer who has a wealth of experience at only 25, has been training and playing locally in Brazil for the past 2 months and is ready to hit the floor running and begin his Australian chapter with immediate effect. Scouted from the echelons of Maltese Football by IFM Director Andy, who was playing with Luiz before he moved up to a division one team where his ability was a stand-out compared to the players around him.
”From the very first game we played together to the final game in Malta, Luiz’s technical ability, composure and reading of the game was second-to-none”,- said Andy Drewery. ”He was ice-cool on the ball, even when under pressure, and kept the game alive. He reminds me a bit of the Brazilian – Diego, with his style of play, vision and adaptability on the pitch. We are expecting some big things from Luiz in Australia, where he will be firmly in the shop window for the bigger clubs within Australian Football and then who knows where the next step will be from there”.
The team at IFM wish Luiz a safe journey to Sydney and a successful start to his season.